While the layoff from competition has been lengthy, the practice sessions for nationals have continued on a pace my daughters used during their riding season. The sessions have been exacting and thorough as they are crisp and precise. They’ve practiced under the watchful eyes of their instructors, Mark and Trish, taking in their advice and knowledge.
after a workout with Lilith, Elizabeth listens to the advice from Mark’s dad, Pete
When Mark’s dad, Pete, spent two weeks here, earlier this fall, he closely watched the girls practice. A cowboy and wrangler, Pete’s experience and knowledge of horses is considerable. He oversaw the remuda on a working cattle ranch in Texas, where he worked his entire life. Before lending advice, Pete asked both Mark and Trish if he could.
Though some of Pete’s advice and knowledge was what they had already learned, or gained through experience, there were some bits and pieces they were learning for the first time. My girls listened intently to every word.